Earlier today, I ran a Google search on “How To Give Up Smoking”, and the first result it returned was an article titled, “How to Quit Smoking: Guide to quitting and kicking the habit for good.” The article is featured on the site “helpguide.org”, and it’s one of the best and most comprehensive overviews of the quitting process I’ve seen.
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Have you thought about joining a 12-Step group, like NA (Nicotine Anonymous)? Do you think something like that might help you quit and stay quit long-term? It’s possible that it might, but if you do your research, you’ll find that programs like NA (and the original 12-Step program, Alcoholics Anonymous) post about a 5% success rate over time (other people will interpret the numbers differently; I encourage you to do your own research and draw your own conclusions).
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If you’re getting ready to quit, you should “practice” quitting now to get ready. In another post, I suggested keeping a quit journal, and one of the reasons is that it will help you plan ahead and develop an effective “practice quitting” plan. Here’s how:
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There’s an old Zen proverb that says, “Do not seek the truth, only cease to cherish opinion.” To me, this means that the truth is all around you, and all you have to do to see it is to stop covering it up with your own flawed interpretations and expectations.
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Did anybody ever tell you that you should quit “for your health”? What did you think of that idea? I always used to wonder what planet they came from; did they think I was an idiot? Did they think I didn’t know that smoking was bad for my health? Did they think that the thought never occurred to me that I should quit smoking “for my health”?
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